By Megan Hopps
A Champlin man was involved in a six car pile up just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Traffic was heading north on Highway 169 at Rockford Road when a semi traveling in the left lane rear-ended a Chevy Cruz. The vehicle was pushed into the car in front of it, a Ford Fusion. The Ford Fusion then rear-ended the Chrysler Town and Country ahead of it. The Cruz came to a rest in the right ditch and the Fusion and Town and Country came to a rest in the right lame.
The semi continued north in the left lane, rear ending a Toyota Camry. The Camry then hit the Honda Odyssey in front of it. The semi came to a rest on the left shoulder.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, there was one fatality in the crash. The driver of the Chevy Cruz — Kathryn Burkey, 22, of Nowthen — was transported to North Memorial where she was pronounced dead. The others involved in the crash — Camry driver Eyni Gaal, 22, of Willmar; Camry passenger Fowzio Mohyadiin, 21, of Burnsville; Town and Country driver Raymond Ranney, 49, of Champlin; and Fusion driver Brett Leistico, 22, from Elk River suffered injuries that were not life threatening.
State Patrol Officials said Odyssey driver Stephen Griffiths, 32, from New Hope and Peterbuilt Semi driver Jon Lindeman, 60, from North Branch were not hurt in the crash. Agencies that responded to the crash were Plymouth Police, Hennepin County Sheriff, Plymouth Fire and North Memorial Ambulance. Road conditions were dry and alcohol was ruled out as a cause for the crash.